The New England Patriots made significant improvements this summer after going 14-2 and winning Super Bowl LI, so there’s ample reason to believe they’ll defend their title without much contest. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman doesn’t subscribe to that theory, however.
Edelman, who recorded a stunning catch in Super Bowl LI that will live forever in the game’s lore, rejected the idea that the Patriots can go undefeated in 2017.
“You can’t worry about what other people say, honestly,” Edelman said Sunday to Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald. “I mean, there’s no script to this thing. There’s no camera. This isn’t Hollywood. This is real life. When you go out and play in the National Football League, it’s one of those things where it’s even stupid to think about that. It’s never been done. You don’t really want to talk about it.
“My focus is more on trying to get ready for the season, trying to learn your teammates, form your identity. (The 19-0 talk is) stupid. That’s it.”
The Patriots went undefeated during the 2007 season, only to falter against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. Edelman wasn’t part of that team, but the lessons learned from the Patriots’ stunning loss have been embedded into the franchise’s philosophy.
Featuring on a team that is the clear-cut favorite next fall, Edelman will likely receive more questions about the prospect of going undefeated. For the time being, Edelman wants no part of it, as the Patriots prepare their title defense.
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